Cheney Impeachment Vote <s>Tomorrow</s> TodayNovember 5, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
UPDATE: This is happening today, Tuesday November 6th.
Supporters of Dennis Kucinich’s bill to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors have spent months trying to amass co-sponsors and bring the bill to the House floor through conventional channels. But tomorrow Kucinich (D-OH) will bypass the Democratic leadership, who has repeatedly insisted that impeachment is off the table, and force the House of Representatives to vote on impeaching Cheney by introducing his bill as a privileged resolution.
The Cheney impeachment bill is by far the most popular bill on OpenCongress. It has had over 17,000 unique page-views (more than three times as many as the next most popular bill), yet it hasn’t even made it to committee consideration, the first step (after being introduced) in the legislative process.
As Kucinich explains in this video, the privileged resolution is going to be met by a “motion to table,” which would effectively kill the bill. A vote in favor of the motion to table is a vote against the impeachment bill. The motion to table is expected to pass and kill the bill, so the vote on the motion to table will, in effect, be the vote on impeachment.
Kucinich will be holding a live, nationwide conference call tonight at 7:30 PM (Eastern Time) to announce his move to push the impeachment vote and explain ways that supporters can help. The call-in number is (641) 715-3300 and the access code is 324341#.
This will very likely be the only impeachment vote aimed at the Bush administration that Congress will hold, but the main stream media has been slacking on covering it. If you care about this vote, spread the word around quickly by using the many sharing tools we have made available on the impeachment bill page. Scroll half way down the page and you’ll see them all the sharing options listed.
UPDATE: The impeachment bill was deffered, but it didn’t happen how everyone was expecting it to:
>Midway through the vote, with instructions from the GOP leadership, Republicans one by one changed their votes from yes – to kill the resolution – to no, trying to force the chamber into a debate and an up-or-down vote on the proposal.
>At one point there were 290 votes to table. After the turnaround, the final vote was 251-162 against tabling, with 165 Republicans voting against it.
>"We’re going to help them out, to explain themselves," said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. “We’re going to give them their day in court.”
>Democrats countered by offering a motion to refer the proposal to the House Judiciary Committee for further study, effectively preventing a debate on the House floor. That motion passed by a largely party-line vote of 218-194.
For now, you can see how your representative voted here. We’ll link to the roll calls on OpenCongress as soon as they are up.